Western Forest Products closes its Englewood logging train
By Western Forest Products Inc.
Nov. 8, 2017 - Western Forest Products Inc. announced on Tuesday the closure of its Englewood logging train. This announcement is consistent with the company's ongoing efforts to reduce costs and strengthen its competitiveness. Logs will be transported by truck at a lower cost to create efficiencies in the transportation of logs to its mills from northern Vancouver Island forestry operations.
At peak operations, the train employed 34 people. As a result of the closure of the train, these positions will be eliminated. The company will work with its employees and union representatives to identify opportunities for the impacted employees to transition to other positions within its operations. Accordingly, the reduction in overall jobs is anticipated to be fewer than 15. As always, the company is committed to work with its employees in a fair and equitable manner.
Western employs over 3,500 employees and contractors on the coast, of which 600 are directly employed on northern Vancouver Island. Western remains focused on ensuring the safe, competitive, long-term viability of its operations for the benefit of its employees, shareholders, and the communities in which it operates.